GREETINGS FROM.....EASY HABITS!
Easy Habits return from a long hiatus with their first full length, Greetings From... The Chicago-based three-piece pick up where they left on their Party King EP, released December of 2016. Party King and the 7’ single for the EP’s title track, which came last February, were defined by loud drums, high flying guitar solos, and sing along choruses.
This album is really fun. From the Springsteen-referencing album cover and Keep Your Distance anecdote, “I ain’t got no gimmick and I’m not trying to fit in,” Easy Habits have a good time with this album. The recording is natural and unpolished, highlighting the raw intensity and power behind each guitar solo. They have several moments of really wearing their influences in a way that feels fresh and well worked into each track. Band like The Ramones and The Stooges, apparent in earlier songs like “White Bread” and “Party King,” turn more to blues rock and garage rock on Greetings From… The result is over a half hour ode to partying, buying some of your favorite forties, and having a really nice time watching a loud rock band next to my friends’ drying machine.
“Don’t Be A Stranger” opens the project with pronounced, lively guitar developing into anthemic vocals, and the idea of getting together with some former strangers. Hard hitting drums guide the track to a particularly fierce guitar solo. “Go Getter” loses some of the crunch heard on the rest of the project, downshifting to a blues-rock tune with a Rolling Stones flavor. “WDIA” is a faster and sleeker but with an equally Jagger inspired vocal style and a Zeppelin-esque lead-in.
“Bemused” returns from the Party King EP and is able to slot right into the pace and context of this album. The reverb laden vocal track cuts through in a different way than the lo-fi palette found in most other tracks on Greetings From… The song is a little cleaner change of pace and works as a reframe wedged the middle of the album. “Sofa King” closes the project with a groggy, requiem for house shows of days gone by. Lyrics like ‘Wipe away those bloodshot eyes. Start looking for that other shoe’ provide a walkthrough of a morning after told with sunny guitar chords which finds conclusion over supporting keys.
The album is a major success for Easy Habits. The album is cohesive and almost rock opera-like in how its able to narrate the party rock idealism it focuses on. In addition to holding together, the album is able to do a lot of things well. There’s a lot to like about this project and a lot to look forward for this group. Definitely look to catch a live show if you can, and check out the tape copies they’re selling via Dumpster Tapes.